TVET trainers urged to offer training that meets demand

Kisumu National Polytechnic student undergoing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes at the institution. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions have been urged to offer their students quality training that addresses market demands.

A senior technical education officer in State Department of TVET Elisha Abeka yesterday said the time had come for institutions to offer training that is relevant in the market.

“As trainers we must equip our students with skills which will address what is needed in the industries and the local market,” said Mr Abeka.

Speaking at Pride Inn Hotel in Mombasa, Mr Abeka said the trainers must know the linkage between them and the industries so that both know what was needed in the market.

"You must churn out students who have relevant skills to work in industries or can be self-employed after completing their courses," said Mr Abeka.

He said this was in line with Vision 2030 to ensure Kenya becomes one of the best industrialised countries.

Mr Abeka advised the trainers to ensure their students had multi-skills.

Good relationship

He said the linkage between TVET institutions and the public and private sectors would ensure there was connection in curriculum development and internship opportunities.

Standard Group Head of Corporate Affairs Charles Kimathi revealed that the group had started a reggae radio station, which airs some vernacular languages to help reach all segments of the society.

Mr Kimathi asked the participants to use their good relationship with The Standard Group to offer their expertise knowledge to Kenyans.

He said Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI) members play an important role in educating Kenyans and that was why The Standard Group was keen in offering the space in its three radio stations.

“We value KATTI very much and that is why we invite you take up some space in our media platforms to educate members of the public about what can help them improve their skills,” said Mr Kimathi.

Mr Kimathi also asked KATTI members to start accessing The Standard Group digital platform which had become very popular among digital generation in Kenya and beyond.

During the meeting Mr Abeka advised the heads of institutions to ensure those who had been taken in for attachment were doing what they had been taught.